The Ethiopian government on Monday said that humanitarian assistance is being provided as planned in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit northern Tigray regional state, explaining to the diplomatic community that “food items, commodities, and medical supplies are being provided in the region to address the needs of the beneficiaries.” Recalling what he called the “colossal destruction” caused to infrastructure by the TPLF fighters, a government spokesperson emphasized the “daunting task” of reconstruction that is now underway with telecommunication lines being restored in almost all parts of the region and financial institutions resuming their operations.